The Ace

Wesley Mann

Clayton Kershaw

Star southpaw Kershaw, 24, says that because he and his teammates can only control "the stuff on the field," issues related to ownership -- whether it was the distractions of the Frank McCourt era or the new group's ballyhooed purchase -- don't really affect players. But the two-time All-Star and 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner, a Dallas native who is married, concedes the change at the top has made the game more enjoyable: "I think there is a better atmosphere around here, more excitement. And it's more fun to play, for sure."

Photographed June 16 in the Dodgers dugout